He tried to join the NFL
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10 fascinating facts about Marvin Gaye
9. He tried to join the NFL
During his hiatus from music, Gaye looked elsewhere, including professional football. At 31, he set out to become a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions. "You see, I had this fantasy: I was in the Super Bowl, with millions of people watching me on TV all over the world, as I made a spectacular leaping catch and sprinted for the winning touchdown," he said in his biography. Lions coach Joe Schmidt refused to let him try out for the team.